Toms River: Despite the mall’s closure, construction continues on the new Lifestyle Center wing. This is occupying the old Sears property of the mall. LA Fitness has been open a while, along with BJ’s Brewhouse. Work is ongoing at the Home Sense store, and Ulta Beauty, which will be next to LA Fitness. Also a Five Below has been added to the mix to complete the phase of stores running inline with LA Fitness.

Turning Point Cafe will be open at the new mall entrance where Sears entrance was, along with Sweetberry Coffee & Tea. The vacant lot on Bay Avenue closest to JC Penney has been totally cleared and is currently under construction for an unannounced store or stores.

There also has been a rumor of a Chick-Fil-A being built in the front parking lot facing Hooper near BJ’s Brewhouse. A quick search of the location yielded no coming soon banner, and the real estate sign is still there stating it’s for lease.